|Publication number||US7551930 B2|
|Application number||US 10/140,399|
|Publication date||Jun 23, 2009|
|Filing date||May 6, 2002|
|Priority date||May 6, 2002|
|Also published as||DE60327016D1, EP1361766A2, EP1361766A3, EP1361766B1, US20030207683|
|Publication number||10140399, 140399, US 7551930 B2, US 7551930B2, US-B2-7551930, US7551930 B2, US7551930B2|
|Inventors||Jarkko Lempiö, Tomi Heinonen|
|Original Assignee||Nokia Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (55), Non-Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (38), Classifications (29), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates generally to wireless communications systems, and more particularly, to location-dependent wireless services for mobile terminals using short range wireless technology.
Mobile stations, such as mobile telephones, have become ubiquitous. For various reasons, however, it is undesirable to use mobile stations in certain locations. For example, for safety reasons, mobile stations should be switched off when there is a likelihood that the radio signals could interfere with equipment. The strength of the signals transmitted by a mobile station are relatively strong in the immediate vicinity of the mobile station and are typically much stronger than the signals from the base station which are received by the mobile station. For this reason, mobile stations should be switched off in airplanes, hospitals and the like. In other situations, it is desirable for mobile stations to be switched off for social reasons such as when a user is in a theatre, a business meeting and the like.
Mechanisms have been developed for a network device to automatically switch off a mobile station when the mobile station enters a location. Nevertheless, mechanisms are still needed for increasing the likelihood that these, and other, location-based services are provided to mobile stations that have more than just a fleeting association with the coverage area of the network device. This is particularly important given that such network devices are limited in the number of active connections that they can establish with mobile stations.
The above-identified problems are solved and a technical advance is achieved in the art by providing a system and method for providing a service to a mobile station.
An exemplary method includes: determining a length of time that a mobile station has been in an access point coverage area; and if the mobile station has been in the coverage area for a predefined period of time, providing a data relating to a service to the mobile station.
In an alternate embodiment, an exemplary method includes: monitoring a length of time that each of a plurality of mobile stations has been in an access point coverage area; providing data relating to a service to one of the plurality of mobile stations that has been in the coverage area for a predefined period of time; and providing data relating to a service to each additional one of the plurality of mobile stations as each additional one of the plurality of mobile station's length of time within the coverage area reaches the predefined period of time.
In yet another embodiment, an exemplary method includes: monitoring a length of time that each of a plurality of mobile stations has been in an access point coverage area; identifying mobile stations that have been in the coverage area for a predefined period of time; providing data relating to a service to the identified mobile stations based on the length of time that each mobile station has been in the coverage area, wherein mobile stations that have been in the coverage area longer receive the data relating to the service first.
In an alternate embodiment, an exemplary method includes: transmitting at a first power level in identifying a client; and transmitting at a second power level in providing data relating to a service to the client, wherein the first power level is less than the second power level.
In yet an alternate embodiment, an exemplary method includes using a first antenna for transmission in identifying a client; and using a second antenna for transmission in providing data relating to a service to the client, wherein the first antenna has a smaller coverage area than the second antenna.
Other and further aspects of the present invention will become apparent during the course of the following description and by reference to the attached drawings.
In the following description of the various embodiments, reference is made to the accompanying drawings which form a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration various embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. It is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and structural and functional modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals refer to like parts,
To assist in the provisioning of a service, access point 400 may also be coupled to other networks or devices 150, such as a server (not shown), via a wired LAN 105 using a data transmission protocol such as TCP/IP. Alternatively, it will be understood that the LAN 105 may be wireless, in which case, LAN 105 would be a wireless LAN (WLAN). Examples of WLAN technologies include the IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN standard (operable at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) and the HIPERLAN standard (operable in the 5 GHz, U-NII band). Alternatively, access point 400 may be coupled to the other networks or devices 150 using a short-range wireless technology such as the above-mentioned Bluetooth protocol.
As further shown in
Access point 400 communicates with mobile stations 300 via short range wireless RF transceivers 420, such as WLAN or Bluetooth, and antenna 425. If Bluetooth technology is employed, the operating range of the access point 400, and thus, the distance between an access point 400 and a mobile station 300, using current technology is in the range of up to 10 meters for a low power mode and 100 meters for a high power mode. Access point 400 also may be connected to external networks or devices 150 located on the wiring infrastructure of a LAN (not shown) via external connection 415.
As shown in
The suggested profile, duration and timer value for a forced change parameters are programmed into the access point 400 by the system operator based on an event that is to occur within the coverage area of the access point 400.
In one embodiment, an access point 400 makes services such as a suggested profile change available to only some of the mobile stations that have remained in its coverage area for a predefined period of time. In particular, some condition other than a mobile station's remaining in the access point's coverage area for the predefined period of time must be met in order for the mobile station to be “eligible” to receive the service. The access point 400 may determine a mobile station's “eligibility” to receive a service by accessing a database such as that shown in
The eligibility lists depicted in
|- - - Meeting - - - |
|:Co. Name :Place Name|
|Profile expires: 15:34|
|OK? 15 sec Cancel?|
Typically, mobile station 300 would notify the user, either audibly or through vibration, to check the station's display 305 for this information. In step 615, the mobile station 300 determines whether user interaction has been received. If a user response has not been received then, in step 620, the mobile station 300 determines whether the timer value for a forced change has expired. If the forced change timer value has expired then, in step 625, a forced change occurs. If in step 620, the timer value for a forced change has not yet expired, control is returned to step 615, where the mobile station again determines whether a user response to the suggested profile/duration has been received. Step 615 and 620 are repeated until either the timer value for a forced change expires or user interaction is received. User interaction may be in the form of the user selecting either “OK” or “Cancel” from display 305 to respectively accept or reject the suggested profile/duration.
In an alternate embodiment, profile changes are never forced even in the absence of user interaction. In yet an alternate embodiment, a “brutal force” mode may be employed in which the user is not provided with the option of rejecting the suggested profile, particularly in cases where the profile is “Switch Off” mode in an airplane, a hospital or the like.
If, in step 615, a user response is received then, in step 630, a determination is made as to whether the user accepted the suggested profile/duration. If the user has not accepted the suggested profile/duration then, in step 635, the mobile station 300 continues operating in its current mode. If, however, the user accepted the suggested profile/duration then, in step 640, the suggested profile change is implemented.
Moreover, in one embodiment, the suggested profile, duration, access point name, etc. may be added to the mobile station's calendar as a new “event”. When adding the suggested profile to the calendar as an event, the event heading is preferably formed from the profile name (e.g., meeting) together with the access point name (e.g., company name+place name). The starting date and time is preferably obtained from the mobile station's clock and the ending time is derived by adding the profile duration to the starting time.
Regardless of whether the profile change was voluntarily accepted or forced upon the user, in step 645, mobile station 300 monitors for the expiration of the suggested duration of the new profile. If the suggested duration has expired then, in step 650, the mobile is returned to its prior state or mode. If the suggest profile duration has not expired, then in step 655, the mobile station 300 determines whether the user has requested a profile change. If the user has requested a mobile change then, in step 660, the profile is changed in accordance with the user's request. If the user has not requested a profile change in step 655 then, steps 645 and 655 are repeated until either the suggested profile change expires or the user requests a profile change.
It will be appreciated that the suggested profile may be a user profile that the access point determines from the user's context (e.g., location, calendar, etc.) and which defines the mobile station's visibility to other devices with which it may come in contact. Thus, profiles including but not limited to “eating”, “free time”, “outdoors”, “shopping”, “travelling”, etc. are contemplated in addition to the meeting and flight profiles discussed in detail above.
In step 704, access point 400 determines whether a new mobile station 300 has entered the coverage area. In the event that a new mobile station 300 is detected then, in step 706, access point 400 creates and stores a record for the new mobile station. In one embodiment, the record takes the form of the exemplary record illustrated in
In step 714, access point 400 determines whether any of the mobile stations 400 have been in its coverage area for a predefined period of time (e.g., 45 seconds). If one or more mobile stations 300 have been in its coverage area for the predefined period of time then, in step 716, access point 400 determines whether a suggested profile was previously sent to each of those mobile stations 300.
If a suggested profile was not previously sent to one or more of those mobile stations then, in step 718, access point 400 ranks the mobile stations that have not yet been sent a suggested profile based on lengths of time within the coverage area (e.g., a mobile station within the coverage area for the longest amount of time will receive the highest rank) and sends a suggested profile to a mobile station having the highest rank.
Access point 400 updates that mobile station's record in step 720 to reflect that a suggested profile has been sent and, in step 722, determines whether a maximum number of active connections has been reached. For example, with a single Bluetooth module, the maximum number of devices that can be actively connected to the access point 400 is presently limited to seven. If the maximum number of active connections has not yet been reached then, in step 723, access point 400 determines whether all of the mobile stations identified in step 716 have been sent a suggested profile.
If not all of the identified mobile stations have been sent a suggested profile, access point 400 repeats steps 718-723 to send a suggested profile to the mobile station of the next highest rank until either all of the identified mobile stations have been sent a suggested profile or a maximum number of active connections has been reached. In either case, access point 400 ultimately continues its review of records associated with mobile stations in its coverage area in deciding whether to send a suggested profile to a particular mobile station based on its length of time within the coverage area. In the case where the maximum number of connections has been reached, however, access point 400 first waits for an available connection before deciding whether to send a suggested profile to mobile stations in its coverage area.
Deciding whether to send a suggested profile to a mobile station based on its length of time within an access point's coverage area provides a mechanism for increasing the likelihood that the suggested profile is sent to an intended recipient (e.g., in
As shown in
The access point 400 and mobile station 300 then exchange a series of messages to transmit the suggested profile/duration, the timer value for a forced change, etc., from the access point 400 to the mobile station 300. In particular, the access point transmits a page 820 to the mobile station 300 that sent an inquiry response to it. The page 820 includes the access point's Bluetooth address. Mobile station 300 then transmits a service discovery protocol (SDP) request 830 to the access point 400 to determine the service available from the access point. The access point 400, in turn, transmits an SDP response including its name, the suggested profile change/duration and timer value for a forced change to the mobile station 300 using the format illustrated in
More particularly, as shown in
Each module also contains a chip-based internal antenna (978, 988). As shown in
The many features and advantages of the present invention are apparent from the detailed specification, and thus, it is intended by the appended claims to cover all such features and advantages of the invention which fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.
Furthermore, since numerous modifications and variations will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired that the present invention be limited to the exact construction and operation illustrated and described herein, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents which may be resorted to are intended to fall within the scope of the claims. For example, in addition to the adjustable power features discussed above in connection with
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